Floor Hockey Activities for Physical Education [Video]

Floor hockey is a great Phys. Ed. unit that teaches teamwork, coordination and leadership skills. Below are 5 videos of floor hockey activities that work on puck control, passing, and offensive and defensive strategy.

Go for It: Singles

In Go for It: Singles, the object of the game is to receive the ball, dribble toward the goal and shoot to score! Start with the players lined up behind the cone. The instructor shoots the ball into the field while the first player in line runs out to receive it. Once they get the ball under control, dribble to the flat cone in front of the goal and take the shot.

Rapid Fire Runaround

In Rapid Fire Runaround, the player in the middle of a big circle passes the ball to players around the outside. As soon as the first pass is made, a player in the circle runs around the circle three times. Players count how many passes are made before the runner runs around the circle three times and makes it back to their spot. Remember to keep sticks low and the ball on the ground!

King of the Hill

The object of the game is for players to dribble the ball past the king of the hill and into the goal. If a player scores, they become the new king! It’s really important to control and shield the ball to keep the king from capturing it. So remember to keep the ball close to your blade and on the ground.

Sharks and Minnows

This game will help you with your ball control, dribbling and shielding skills. The two sharks in the middle try to steal the balls from minnows. The minnows try to dribble their balls across the field without getting their balls stolen by the minnows. Ball control is key here! If a minnow’s ball is stolen by a shark, they become a new shark. Play until there is only one minnow left.

Gopher has a wide selection of floor hockey equipment including sticks, goals, pucks, barriers and equipment to meet your class needs.

If you have any additional floor hockey ideas, please share in the comment section below!

6 Responses

  1. I finished my floorball unit this school year, but I’ll definitely be using some of this games next year. Thank you!

  2. Elimination Games

    I am disappointed to see Hockey Dodgeball identified here. It has been well established that elimination games are not appropriate for physical education (see references below). There are so many better methods to teach and practice floor hockey skills that do not have kids sitting out. Please remember that elimination games provide the least practice to those who need it the most. Additionally, by having the repercussion of being “out”, it draws attention to those with lower skills resulting in discouragement towards physical activity. Gopher has the opportunity to lead quality physical education by removing all references to elimination games and dodgeball.

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    1. Hi Jeff, thank you for bringing this to our attention. You are absolutely correct. Hockey Dodgeball is not an activity we would recommend for PE and has been removed from this article.

  3. Hockey Dodgeball seems like something a student teacher would come up with, but after trying it (hopefully) you’d realize it’s not a great idea.
    Problems are:
    1) despite best-laid-plans, you know that some students will get beaned with a hockey ball HARD and NOT on their feet. The risk of injury, and the fact that this will turn off the kids who are timid, but need physical activity the most, are just not worth it.

    2) elimination games like this mean that the kids who get hit are “out” then just stand around getting bored. These will likely be the least fit kids. They need the most exercise and skill development, NOT to be sidelined right off the bat.

    1. Hi Nelson, thank you for bringing this to our attention. You are absolutely correct. Hockey Dodgeball is not an activity we would recommend for PE and has been removed from this article.

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